When I started this food blog (was it really 12 weeks ago?) I decided to document what it was like during the first 12 weeks. I talked about setting up social media channels, creating a blog, adding content, promoting through social media groups and even linking on Reddit.
Yet those 12 weeks are now over with and this is going to be my last diary entry. Of course I will be carrying on blogging but not in this format that you have grown used to reading every Monday morning.
It kind of makes me realise how fast things go. The blog had its first post on it on the 1st of November, though this was actually backdated as we loaded up the first two weeks posts in mid November so in reality we are not really 12 weeks old.
It has certainly been a challenge to get everything done so soon and have the growth that we have wanted from the beginning. Without paying loads of money on Facebook ads and other advertising.
But this is what we have achieved so far from a traffic point of view:
I remember joining a Facebook group were the challenge to start a new site and take it to 10,000 visitors. They had done it by spending a lot of money on Facebook Ads and a lot of money on content and I am proud to say I have done it with hardly spending anything!
We have even had a 1000 day which is amazing!
This is a breakdown of our top 10 traffic sources:
What I love is seeing FoodGawker up here. They are so easy, you submit your recipes and then FoodGawker brings you traffic. So much easier to get traffic from than something like Pinterest.
But it is nice to see all the traffic adding up and that the effort that we have made has been worth it.
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What We’ve Been Up To This Week
You’re probably wondering what week 12 has brought us? We have loaded up the basic social media onto Hootsuite for February, some of our early February posts are now scheduled on the blog and we have been planning our Podcast (which will finally be starting in February).
We have also been working on our sales funnel for the food blogging side of things. This is a slow process because we have so much to cover that we haven’t decided what angle to take on things. But it is all going nicely. We are also on the final touches of the Airfryer puddings cookbook that we imagine will be live on the Kindle in the next two weeks.
After this we will be running on a rinse and repeat system. More ebooks, more blog posts, more promotions and more fun cooking everything that we talk about. For about the first time in my life I am actually enjoying being married to a chef!